Pope Benedict XVI will be having an interfaith meeting at the John Paul II Cultural Center in DC, but don’t expect any dialogue. This won’t be an opportunity for him to hear from Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and others about religion in America, or their relations with Catholics. Nope. Only one person will be talking, as Christopher Blosser notes at his new Benedict in America blog.
This is the meeting Sikh representatives were prohibited by the Secret Service from attending unless they shed their kirpans. This makes for a very strange sort of dialogue– “Be willing to abandon your distinctives in order to get in the room, and then sit back and listen to what we say to you.”